The Tar Heel State was just ranked the 10th most patriotic state in America by analysts at personal finance website Wallet Hub.
To determine where Americans bleed the most red, white and blue, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 13 key indicators of patriotism in two key dimensions – “Military Engagement” and “Civic Engagement”. The data set ranges from average number of military enlistees to share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.
Some of North Carolina’s highest indicators were (1=Most Patriotic; 25=Avg.):
- 9th – Average Number of Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults Population (No Prior Service)
- 1st – Active-Duty Military Personnel per 1,000 Civilian Adult Population
- 8th – % of Adults Who Voted in 2016 Presidential Election
- 23rd – Veterans per 1,000 Civilian Adult Population
- 1st – Civics Education Requirement
Gastonia is also home to the world’s largest flying American flag – I’m sure we would have ranked higher if that was factored in.
Here’s where the other states rank;
For more information about their reasoning, you can read Wallet Hub’s full patriotic state ranking article here.
How patriotic do you think North Carolina is?